Hepatic steatosis or fatty liver disease is a condition that is defined by excessive fat accumulation in the liver. Factors that favor this condition are: diabetes mellitus, chronic alcohol intoxication, food imbalances or some endocrine gland disorders. It has been observed that even a sudden loss of important weight may cause liver steatosis.
(diet on short-term, change of eating habits on long-term and sports activities) which do not involve allopathic medication.
Most important plants which help liver function:
Milk thistle, member of the Asteraceae family, is a plant that can contribute to the natural treatment of fatty liver. According to the US National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, armor, also known as Silybum marianum, has been used for many centuries to treat many health problems, especially the liver. Milk thistle is a remedy especially used for the liver, which helps to regenerate and form new cells.
Artichoke, also known as Cynara scolymus, is a perennial thistle originating from southern Europe and the Mediterranean region. The artichoke has a tuberous root and large flower buds. The dried or basal leaves of the plant are eatable. The whole plant has an unusual odor and intense taste. Extracts from plant leaves are used for medicinal purposes in the form of plant supplements as an adjuvant in the treatment of several medical problems, including fatty liver disease.
Red beetroot (Betula vulgaris rubra) can be consumed raw (the root) or root juice obtained with the fruit juicer. It can best be used in combination with carrot juice in equal parts, consuming 100 ml of each kind 3 times a day. It is very effective for helping the liver to regenerate its cells. It can also be used boiled or baked / cooked in different culinary combinations (it is however less effective than raw).
Schisandra (Schisandra chinensis) has been revered for thousands of years as one of 50 “fundamental herbs” in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) because of its adaptogenic and tonic effects on the body. Schisandra is hepato-protective, which means it helps to protect the liver from damage. It helps to regenerate liver cells and supports the liver’s ability to detoxify.
Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale) is another medicinal plant known especially for the treatment of fatty liver and for the care of both the liver and the gall bladder in general. Dandelion is an excellent depurative of the liver and a very good diuretic, which means it helps to reduce fat and eliminate it from the liver.
We may recommend the following products related to the condition of liver steatosis:
Adjuvant in: viral hepatitis A, B, C, alcoholic hepatitis, hepatic steatosis (“fatty liver” disease), cirrhosis (compensated forms), biliary dyskinesia, post-poisoning liver disorders.
HEPATO – ESSENTIAL
HEPATO-ESSENTIAL has a unique recipe containing a combination of essential phospholipids, extracted from soybeans, with silimarine and hepato-protective herbs; it is a product without adverse reactions and synthetic (harmful) substances;
It contributes to: protection and regeneration of liver cells / detoxification of the liver and support of its functions / cure and relief of symptoms of viral hepatitis A, B, C / improves gall bladder function / contributes to the maintenance of sugar on a normal level.
MILK THISTLE product (225 mg) contains only one plant with effective action on the liver function. For a better effect, it can be used together with CHICORY EXTRACT.
*for a complete list of our products with role in improving the liver function, please see category Natural Therapies: Hepato-Biliary Disorders.
Nutrition and lifestyle in patients with hepatic steatosis:
- The first important measure that hepatic steatosis patients have to take is to follow a diet that contains all the necessary food principles for the body. Daily consumption of vegetable juices is a must (minimum 600 ml in a day). Bee pollen should be introduced into daily diet (20 g per day) unless an allergy exits to this food. It is also indicated to eat foods containing unsaturated fatty acids: vegetable oils (especially soy), corn germ and fish fat.
- The following foods should be avoided: alcohol, animal fat, pork and sheep, poultry, sausages, yolk, sheep’s milk, smoked foods, preservative foods, roasted potatoes, steaks and sweets.
- Drink juices made of: tomatoes, celery, spinach, lettuce, carrot, parsley, dill or apple on daily basis.
- Reduce the amount of bread, potatoes and pasta consumed at the same time as it generates carbohydrates that are stored in the liver as fat.
- Eat slowly because when you eat fast the liver has to put extra effort to process the avalanche of ingested foods. Thus, unable to cope, the liver will store surpluses in the form of fat.
- Respect sleeping times of at least 8 hours and keep body weight close to normal.
- Keep cholesterol, triglycerides and glycemia within normal range, repeat blood tests and abdominal ultrasound at 6 months or 1 year, as indicated by your doctor.